Leesville Council discusses buying vs. leasing golf carts for city-owned course

LEESVILLE -- The Leesville City Council is weighing options to accommodate golfers with carts at the city-owned golf course.

Members on Monday discussed the pros and cons of buying versus leasing carts for the Leesville Municipal Golf Course.

Dennis Joiner, the city's parks and recreation director, said the facility has eight working carts -- "working," he said, is a "raw term." The carts are 17 and 24 years old.

"If it's working May 12, today, it may not be working May 12 at 6 o'clock," he said.

According to the city's finance director, Megan O'Banion, leasing fees for six carts would be $68.73 per cart, per month for a four-year term -- $19,795 for four years. Maintenance and repair would be covered. There would also be an option to have access to additional carts in instances of tournaments for a small, additional fee.

The city received two quotes for the purchase of carts. The lowest was around $1,800 per cart. The carts, electric, would be used. Maintenance would not be covered.

City Administrator Courtney Christian said the city has plans to buy two carts this fiscal year with the possibly several more next year.

"The bottom line for our consideration is the economics of the matter," she said.

Councilman Danny Dowd said he recently saw an advertisement for a golf tournament that used to be played on the city's course. It's now played in Alexandria.

"My concern is that if we can't provide for them (golfers) to play out there then subdivide it up and sell houses. We need to be able to provide for them to do it," said Dowd.

The panel did not take action on the item. A budget change may be necessary, for the next fiscal year, if the panel chooses to enter into a lease for the carts.

The city's course, built in 1930, is located on U.S. 171 North.

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